Just a little blurb to say that the Child Nutrition Bill passed in the House yesterday, and will shortly be sent to President Obama for his signature. The vote was 264 to 157.
From the article:
“The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act gives schools critical resources to reach more children with healthy school meals and to serve more fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy products in cafeterias. By establishing nutrition standards for all foods served or sold in schools, the legislation ensures that students will receive a consistent message about healthy choices.”
The legislation will also raise the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches by 6 cents.
With the Child Nutrition Bill passing the House as well as the Food Safety Bill in the Senate, it certainly has been an active week for food politics 🙂
My Twitter feed has been taken over by food politics lately, both from the Food Safety Bill and the School Nutrition Bill. I’m okay with that. I can’t believe that the government reimbursement for school lunches hasn’t changed since 1973…. and it’s only going up 6 cents per student! I know everything is bought in bulk, but I can’t imagine that the extra 6 cents is going to help very much, the the extra money even gets to the lunches or is consumed somewhere else along the line in overhead, bonuses, whatever.
The last time I was in an elementary school it was to vote, and before that it was probably 12 years ago, so it is difficult to really remember lunch. This blog might help, if you’ve forgotten too. I was lucky enough to have my lunch packed for me by my Gramma, everyday, as long as I wanted it. It might not have always been healthy (I was really picky), but at least it was “real” food. The real problem is that not all families can afford to send their kids to school with a lunch and often depend on the school for discounted or free breakfasts and lunches. Hopefully they’ll be able to pass a version of the School Lunch Reform that doesn’t take away from the food stamps program, either.
If you want to follow this on Twitter, @Appetite4Profit is a good person to start with.
Update, 12/2/2010: Republicans block child nutrition bill — The first paragraph makes them sound like mean, old men. Oh wait, that is because they are mean, old men.
While sitting at my desk and eating my lunch, I’m catching up on the recent passing of the Food Safety Bill S510 by the Senate. Both Michigan senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow voted yes, so that is a good point for the Mitten. I wouldn’t want to have a Senator in my state vote against his constituents having safer food.
How did your Senator vote?
As I’m eating my whole wheat penne pasta with sauce made with organic fire-roasted tomatoes from a BPA-free can and fake beef soy crumbles…. I can’t help but remember that I was not always this way. Junior high was the first time I was actually given a choice about what to eat for lunch and the first time there were choice outside of the one entree hot lunch line.
And what did I choose? A Countrytime Lemonade and a Twix bar. No wonder why I was such a bitchy 8th grader. In high school came the the Mountain Dew, 99cent giant cookies, and popcorn chicken. Or, nothing at all for lunch.
How do you change? How did I change? How did I start thinking that we need to reform school lunches and shouldn’t allow soft drink vending machines in schools? How did the person that put off taking that mandatory semester of gym until spring of senior year start to think that we need phys. ed mandatory every semester? I don’t know really know.
All I know is that there comes a time when you have to start to give a crap.
… and with that, here is my lunch:
Penne pasta w/ ‘meat’ sauce
Strawberry Fruit leather
and a shameless ad for Real Time Farms